CHANNEL Four last night said it had taken the 'extremely difficult' decision to put the latest batch of Big Brother housemates to sleep.
Following the show's cancellation, the producers have called in a vet to humanely destroy the contestants with either poisoned lager or that gas they use on moles.
A spokesman said: "It's the kindest thing to do. Imagine having a racehorse, but instead of being born to run fast it's born to be a prick on the telly."
He added: "Without television there will be nothing for them in this world but rejection, regular thumpings and maybe the odd Saturday shift in the blank CD aisle at Wilkinson's."
But animal rights campaigners attacked the decision and called for volunteers to give loving homes to Half Pipe, Dogfood, and the one that looks like the Aldi version of Wolverine.
Margot Davies, of the Former Reality Show Contestants Protection League, said: "Ex-Big Brother housemates can make wonderful pets given the right environment.
"I myself took in Bubble, who I found slumped naked in the disabled toilet of a Chelmsford nightclub after being dumped by Nell McAndrew."
She added: "It was difficult at first, but after a few months of me rubbing his nose in his doings he's finally learned not to defecate on the rug.
"That said, adopting a housemate is not something to be done lightly and they do tend to make your home smell of broken dreams."